The Fartiste

The Fartiste

A musical comedy for all ages! The true story of French flatulist and entertainer Joseph Pujol, whose unique talents propelled him to being the highest-paid performer at the Moulin Rouge in 1890's Paris

Average Rating: 4 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars based on 10 votes

Show Category: Musical

Opening:Oct 9, 2011
Closing:Nov 27, 2011

Theater Information
Sofia's Downstairs Theatre
221 W. 46th St.
New York, NY
Between 7th and 8th Ave.

REVIEWS

4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars by Anonymous
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I don't know what show Anonymous above saw, but I saw THE FARTISTE last night and thought it was not only very funny but poignant and touching and had an absolutely terrific score; better than most Broadway musicals out now. The seven person cast handles twice that many characters and the sound effects guy, Steven Scott, is a highlight of the show. The book told the story very well and the directors used the room at Sofia's Downstairs Theater in a very creative way. Not only could this musical have a long Off-Broadway run, but it should have a chance to move to a bigger theater. Highly recommend it.

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4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars by Anonymous
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Delightful and surprisingly tasteful. The cast is first rate but Broadway veteran Nick Wyman is a standout. Seeing the show is a visit to turn of the century Moulin Rouge and the atmosphere is established before the show starts with waitstaff can-can ladies and subtle lighting. The show runs at a clip...90 minutes without intermission and not a boring moment.

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3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars by Anonymous
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I found The Fartiste to be an enjoyable, light entertainment, with excellent performances, pleasing music, and lots of laughs. It works well in the cabaret-like atmosphere of Sofia's, and delivers a lot in its 90 minutes. A show to put you in a good mood!

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3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars by Anonymous
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I saw this show on opening night and it was packed with a fun loving audience. The performances are outstanding. Nick Wyman (the narator) who is a seasoned Broadway pro brings his many gifts to the piece and the other performers keep up with him wonderfully!! The music and lyrics fit the period perfectly and my personal favorite was More which really well be a cabaret standard as soon as the public get wind of it. (pardon the pun).

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4 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars by Anonymous
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Good clean fun, considering the subject ;)

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I saw The Fartiste this weekend and agree with the positive reviews here. The story (as told in both the music and the book) is fun, a little crude, and sweet--characteristics that put me in mind of a good Judd Apatow movie. The music is phenomenal. Nick Wyman as the narrator/Aristide and Herndon Lackey as Zidler/Toulouse Lautrec stole every scene they were in, and their spectacular duet in "We Live for Art" is still running through my head. I disagree with the reviewer who panned the book -- I liked the fact that we can both love a character and smile at his foibles. Highly recommended.

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This show should be called Much Ado About Farting. It is a one joke musical that blows it laughter wind away within the first 5 minutes and its all downhill from there.

While the subject matter is indeed quite interesting, the way the authors have developed the show is not. Are we supposed to care for the Fartiste? Are we supposed to laugh at the Fartiste?Are we supposed to route for the Fartiste? Is it a literal telling? Is it a pastiche? The book of the musical is all over the place and never answers these questions and seems to have explored all of the above without ever deciding on a through line.

In spite of the mess of a book, there really are some fine performances by the entire cast who deserve much much better and the music and lyrics are not bad; they are just saddled with that awful book. I sat there wishing they were all in a revival of Irma La Douce instead of this mess of a musical.

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5 stars5 stars5 stars5 stars5 stars by Anonymous

Very engaging. Well worth the price of admission. Cleverly staged, with the cast performing in the midst of a cozy cabaret atmosphere. Had no idea that the Fartiste was a real historical character until I went to Wikipedia after the show.

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The story is not particularly dramatic, so there's little suspense — "what's going to happen next?" — which makes the dynamics a bit too much "more of the same thing."

But it's still very well done, with all around excellent performances, and it's very funny. Light entertainment, but unique and quite a hoot.

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